Sunday Post – Nature Part I, Animate

I’m sorry, but I have to divide Jake’s Sunday Post assignment for this week into two sections: animate, and inanimate, and, because I seem incapable of deciding these days, my featured photograph will have its antithesis, as a means of expressing the all-encompassing breadth of  “nature”.

Animate:  the living aspect of nature.

My selection is a little obvious, given my Sri Lanka connection, of course, but what could be  the antithesis of Elephas Maximus Maximus but a gorgeous butterfly?

I hope you enjoy my pictures of two of natures untold marvels.

Tickles, laughing …

Some years back I brought my (then) 97-year-old mother to see “my” Sri Lanka.  She was determined not to like it, but her resolution finally failed her after we spent an afternoon watching a herd of elephants which had gathered in the grassy crater of the Mineriya Tank near Polonnaruwa.  Spellbound, we sat silent and unmoving – with only the flimsy chassis of the old jeep for ‘protection’ – as the herd socialised over the business of eating and bathing, babies suckled, and  youngsters played.  It was only the arrival of a lone male which caused the mothers to cast a glance at these exuberant teenagers, who cavorted like two gargantuan puppies on the grass and into water with total disregard for us (puny and uninteresting creatures).

Apart from the miraculous spectre of a laughing elephant, I like this photograph because it shows how little there is between us.

Like frogs, butterflies are an indication of the health of the environment.  For centuries, Sri Lanka was renowned for its butterflies, but even here in paradise chemical insecticides have been introduced as a means of increasing production and our butterfly population is becoming more reclusive.

25 thoughts on “Sunday Post – Nature Part I, Animate

  1. I have taken an adventure with your words. I enjoyed this so much. It was perfect for the challenge and so much more than simply photo’s. The clarity of both images is outstanding. Enjoyed this very much.

    • I’m beaming all over:), because I too find images alone to be unengaging – unless one is a real master and presenting a work of art which tells its own story. But perhaps that’s the point of the challenge? I’ll stick to my way, because for me it’s usually the words that are primary – the photos just set the context, or even just pretty the page up a bit:)

    • Oh, thank you! Yes, adventure and excitement. I’m a fortunate woman – have had more than my fair share of those things, if I’m to be truthful. But I’m grateful for every ounce of it …:)

    • Glad you enjoyed them. Elephants are a no-brainer for me – one of my absolute passions – and I couldn’t, in my mind come up with just one image to say everything I mean. In fact, it’s stirred the pot a bit, I think I feel a bit of a rant coming on:)

  2. I am very alarmed about the pesticides being used as well as the bio-altered foods that we are eating. Man is going to destroy his own environment if he doesn’t quit trying to play God. I find myself posting articles warning of the threats Monsanto is posing on the world, with their bio-technological programs. They are poisoning the very soil our food grows in with their pesticides.

    It great that your mother enjoy Sri Lanka despite her attempted effort not to. Some places can’t help but be enjoyed, it appears. I’m sure the elephants put on quite a show in their natural habitat. You got a great photo of them.

  3. I’m in an elephant phase right now, your images are a loving tribute to this wonderful animal. Thanks for dropping by and leaving your encouraging comments on my blog. Happy Easter and a year of wandering!

  4. It’s true, Elephants are Charmers… and good on them for it too.
    Who wouldn’t melt in their gentle presence , they are amazingly beautiful as well.
    We went years ago to Singapore Zoo and were there on the dot when it opened in the morning and wasn’t yet busy.
    We got to feed the elephants almost by ourselves and it was magical… they are even more beautiful close up that I imagined. We could stand and stroke their skin, look into their eyes they were so close.

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